When you complete Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services stream), you’ll be set for a career in the entertainment industry. If you’re serious about a career as a make-up artist you’ll learn all the tricks of the trade... and your friends will love you at Hallowe'en!
Become a specialist in make-up in just one year
Studying for Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) you will learn how to design, apply and remove make-up. The course also includes specialist make-up effects and styling wigs and hair.
One area of the course that appeals to students is working with prosthetics for specialist make-up effects.
During this practical and hands-on program you will discover how to design and apply make-up for performance, collaborating with other student groups who are producing theatre, film, television productions.
Industry connections and resources
Melbourne Polytechnic teachers have specialised skills in the field of make-up and are closely related to industry.
A purpose-built classroom with individual student workstations allows you to experience excellent related industry practices. There is also a prosthetics lab where students work together to create detailed special effects such as is seen on film, television and the stage.
During the course you will be given the opportunity to work on industry related events. These could be local council projects or even at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). You may have even seen Melbourne Polytechnic’s Screen and Media/Specialist Make-Up Services students at the National Gallery of Victoria. We were invited to work on the David Bowie Exhibition during Fashion Week and it was a resounding success.
When you have successfully completed the course you will be ready to set up your own business, or work in the theatre, film and television industries. You will also be able to offer unique services at weddings and parties.
You will be expected to complete a certain number of hours of industry related experience throughout the year, which you can organise yourself or Melbourne Polytechnic staff can organise it. Alternatively, you can collaborate with staff to set up your work placement. Details of industry hours will be determined at the commencement of the course.
You will be assessed through a combination of work-based projects and course-based assignments.
For any additional information, or to take your application further, please contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Career Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.
VTAC CodePrahran 6900810204
1080 nominal hours.
Class Schedule: *
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
Modes of DeliveryClassroom
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
- Apply through VTAC or directly to Melbourne Polytechnic
- Interview and folio required - book here
- Prior work or study in this industry preferred but not essential
- Attend an Information Night (Note: this is not a pre-requisite for enrolment)
Assessment MethodsAssessment is by a combination of work based projects and course based assignments
MaterialsYou will be required to purchase your own make-up kit.
We will help you to do that once you have enrolled in the course
Pathways to further studyYou may wish to go on and study further specialist fields in Screen and Media. Discuss further study options with Melbourne Polytechnic teaching staff
Career PathwaysYour qualification in specialist make-up services will lead to a range of jobs:
- make-up artist
- make-up assistant
- retail make-up artist
- hair and wig stylist (and wig maintenance)
- special make-up effects artist
- prosthetics artist
Units Of Study
The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|BSBCRT402||Collaborate in a creative process||40|
|BSBCRT403||Explore the history and social impact of creativity||50|
|BSBCRT501||Originate and develop concepts||30|
|BSBDES402||Interpret and respond to a design brief||20|
|BSBPMG522||Undertake project work||60|
|CUAIND502||Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge||50|
|CUAMUP401||Design, apply and remove make-up||160|
|CUAMUP402||Maintain make-up and hair continuity||140|
|CUAMUP403||Style hair for performances or productions||60|
|CUAMUP404||Style wigs and hairpieces for performances or productions||120|
|CUAMUP502||Design and apply specialised make-up||65|
|CUAMUP503||Design and apply special make-up effects||60|
|CUAMUP504||Create prosthetics for special make-up effects||110|
|CUAPPR505||Establish and maintain safe creative practice||30|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.